Teaching English as an Additional Language

(1-year, MEd Interdisciplinary Topic)

Teaching English as an Additional Language is a program option within the Master of Education (MEd), Interdisciplinary route. Visit the MEd, Interdisciplinary Route page for complete MEd details including fees

The focus of the four-course MEd topic is to prepare teachers for successful careers in Teaching English as an Additional Language. The MEd Teaching English as an Additional Language Certificate is a practical, research-informed program that is designed for teachers working with students learning English as an additional language.

Target Audience:

  • Educators who teach EAL learners integrated in typical classroom and school settings
  • Educators with an interest in teaching English as an additional language
  • School leaders in schools with diverse populations of students including EAL learners
  • Consultants or other professionals involved with TEAL

Program Schedule

Term 1 - Summer

Summer 2020
EDER 669.11 L05 (50053)
Additional Language Learning

Term 2 - Fall

Fall 2020
EDER 669.50 L04 (72913)
Language Teaching Methods

Term 3 - Winter

Winter 2021
EDER 669.20 L02 (11668)
Evaluating and Designing EAL Curricula

Term 4 - Spring

Spring 2021
EDER 629.07 (registration information TBD)
Assessing English Language Proficiency

Course Descriptions

Outlines are normally available 1-2 weeks prior to the start of term.

Course Delivery

Courses in this program are offered fully online. Courses are held in both an asynchronous environment (D2L) and a synchronous (real-time) environment (Zoom) which allows instructors to virtually meet and talk with students and experience a live exchange of ideas, hear class presentations and do group work with access to a whiteboard. For additional information regarding online delivery, refer to the Online Delivery eLearning website.


3 units per course

EDER 669.44 Additional Language Learning

In this course, students examine the theoretical perspectives (e.g., critical, cognitive, psychological, sociocultural, linguistic, affective) and factors of language learning and the implications of theory and research in this area for the teaching and learning of English as an Additional Language. Students will learn how to support EALs with complex needs such as EAL plus SPED, long term EALs, EALs with Limited Formal Schooling.

EDER 669.50 Language Teaching Methods

In this course, students are introduced to English as an Additional Language (EAL) teaching methodologies. Students will examine teaching methods vis-à-vis specific language skills (i.e., reading, writing, listening and speaking), to make connections between language learning theories and language skills development. The course considers methods in a variety of contexts and their relation to students learning in these contexts.

EDER 669.53 Evaluating and Designing EAL Curricula

In this course, students create, develop, and evaluate English as an Additional Language (EAL) curricula for learners of all ages and abilities. Students will be exposed to a variety of frameworks and theories in teaching and learning EAL to inform their beliefs and practices regarding EAL curricula. Students will learn how to incorporate metalanguage into inquiry-based learning and how to differentiate learning for EALs within a whole class learning experience.

EDER 629.07 Assessing English Language Proficiency

In this course, students are introduced to a systematic approach to language assessment in English as an Additional Language (EAL) contexts. Students will analyze and evaluate assessments used/given in a variety of EAL contexts (eg., TOEFL, IELTS, Alberta K-12 ESL Proficiency Benchmarks http://www.learnalberta.ca/content/eslapb/index.html). Having learned the principles of assessment in EAL, students will develop assessments appropriate for their own EAL teaching contexts or EAL contexts they are familiar with. 

Have Questions?

Graduate Program Administrator (GPA)

Kristal Turner

Academic Program Coordinator

Dr. Subrata Bhowmik

Ready to Apply?

Applications are open November 1 - March 1. All students apply for admission through the Faculty of Graduate Studies. Please note that topics are offered yearly and subject to change.

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